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tv   ABC World News Tonight With David Muir  ABC  April 17, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT

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>> we appreciate your time. i hope you make time for us again at 6:00. >> bye-bye. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com tonight, the spring stunner for millions. severe weather hitting now. look at this. the chain reaction disaster. the highways covered in ice. you can hear the tractor-trailers, the cars colliding. the screams for help. tonight, passengers stranded for seven hours. the crying babies. and now, the tornadoes spotted in the south. also breaking, the explosion at a gun range. the massive fireball. images coming in right now. the 73-year-old deputy who grabbed his gun instead of his taser. tonight, breaking his silence. making the case, it's easy to grab the wrong weapon. quote, "it can happen to anyone." the attack on board. a passenger stabbed with a pen for snoring. the chaotic moments that follow. the tv reporter, and the attendant. you will hear the fiery exchange. and now the suspension. many asking, is it enough?
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and, dr. oz responds after doctors call for him to be fired, calling him a fake. good evening. we begin with two developing stories, the explosion at a gun range. we'll have pictures for you in just a moment. but we'll begin with the other slow motion disaster. 22 million bracing for severe weather. tonight and into the weekend. let's get into it. these images from wyoming. a stunning scene. 50 vehicles sliding, tractor-trailers smashing into cars, you can hear it. the twisted metal, the rescuers stunned. and this crash in colorado tonight. fog a factor. two tour buses colliding. and reports of the tornadoes in texas. this funnel cloud in the town of allison tonight.
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severe thunderstorm watches this there. all part of the same system, as millions brace for a difficult start to the weekend. passengers stranded for hours in some places. ryan owens leading us off. >> this is ugly [ bleep ] man. >> reporter: a truck driver caught in this mangled mess of metal on a wyoming highway can't believe his eyes, so he starts recording. >> freaking cold out here. i'm shaking to death. >> reporter: in the middle of a nearly blinding snowstorm, he takes us truck to truck on interstate 80 between cheyenne and laramie. police say more than 30 semis and a dozen cars are involved in this chain-reaction crash. this video catches several of those trucks slamming into each other, again and again. there are so many trucks to search, rescuers mark them with orange "x"s, the way they do in a natural disaster. >> i got lucky. i got way lucky. >> more than two dozen people are taken to the hospital, but somehow, no one died.
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the interstate closed all day. in colorado, fog is to blame for this pileup involving two band tour buses outside denver. 12 people trapped in one of the buses. crews had to rip it apart to get the driver out. no one was killed but troopers are warning other drivers. the weather was so nasty in denver, this united flight had to land in colorado springs. passengers, including this little guy, sat on the tarmac for seven hours. tonight, most are taking a bus to denver. to the south in texas, nearly the entire lone star state is at risk for severe weather tonight. hail and heavy rains are already pounding abilene. just one day after 11 tornadoes were reported across the southern plains. there's a severe thunderstorm watch west of dallas into south texas. that's millions of people. david? >> ryan, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. tracking this straight into the weekend.
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it's going to be a difficult start here. >> in dallas, they're going to get hit hard. look at the radar, the swirl of snow continues across the colorado rockies. that will wind down tonight. the watch box is from the rio grande to the red river. the threat will be large hail, strong winds, maybe a tornado. this nudges off to the east. through the mississippi river valley, we'll be watching for severe weather. and flood watches out across the i-10. that's where the heavy rains will be. another one to four inches potentially. and what little drought was there, will be gone. and a struggle to stay dry all the way out to chicago. >> we'll be watching it first thing on "gma." thank you. and we turn to the other developing story we're following in the west. the images out of fresno after a gas explosion. rescue teams rushing to the scene.
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kendis gibson is in california tonight. >> reporter: the flames soaring 200 feet into the sky. the explosion happening at a gun range when a road worker drove his truck over a gas line. >> fresno fire is trying to tend to any fires. >> reporter: nine people injured, four in critical condition. kendis gibson abc news. we turn to the deputy charged with manslaughter. tonight, breaking his silence. in his own words, explaining what happened. reaching for his taser, pulling out his loaded gun instead. the deputy saying, i shot him, i'm sorry. tonight, arguing it is something that could happen to anyone. here's ryan smith. >> reporter: volunteer deputy robert bates speaking out about this moment when he confused his gun for his taser.
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>> i shot him. i'm sorry. >> reporter: killing 44-year-old eric harris, after he bolted from an undercover sting operation. >> he shot me. >> reporter: did the shooting happen in part because the 73-year-old insurance company ceo wasn't fully trained to handle his weapons? bates, showing nbc news where he keeps his weapons on duty. >> my taser is right here on the front, tucked in a protective vest. my gun itself is on my side normally to the rear. >> reporter: and saying weapon mistakes have happened to other officers. >> i thought to myself after reading several cases, i don't understand how this can happen. you must believe me, it can happen to anyone. >> reporter: according to one journal report, over an eight-year period, there were nine cases of officers accidentally using their guns instead of their tasers. the sheriff's office and bates' lawyer saying he was well qualified, and completed over 300 hours of training. the man who once donated thousands to the sheriff's
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office, and even ran his sheriff's re-election campaign is now facing second degree manslaughter charges. >> and ryan is with us now. the deputy responding to accusations that he got the job thanks to financial support for the department? >> he says that's unfair. he says he supported them to help them do their jobs. but if he's convicted for the charges against him, he could face up to four years in prison. >> ryan, thanks. and what we're learning about the unbelievable moment, the aircraft flying low, landing on the west lawn of the capitol. flown by a 61-year-old postal employee. and what we had not seen until now. and the giant security balloons intended to catch this kind of threat. but they weren't activated yet. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, the wife of gyrocopter pilot doug hughes is calling him a patriot, as authorities investigate how his audacious flight managed to evade the air defense umbrella,
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and touch down on the lawn of the u.s. capitol. >> so all this layered defense, these radars, these sophisticated capabilities, hundreds of millions of dollars, for naught. >> reporter: but the military is now testing a giant radar-equipped airship designed to detect low-to-ground threats like cruise missiles, and small flying objects like the gyrocopter, which is not bigger than a bicycle. it is called the "j-lens" and measures 242 feet long, twice the size of a blue whale. it can hover at 10,000 feet, detecting flying objects as far as 340 miles away, able to cover most of the east coast. but the $2.8 billion j-lens project is still in the testing phase, and not yet integrated into the nation's air defense system. so it was of little help when doug hughes' big statement gave washington a big scare. >> and pierre is with us now. live from washington. i understand that doug hughes wants to keep his job? any word on whether that will
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happen? >> well, the postal service says they're investigating the incident. but declined to say whether he faces disciplinary action. >> pierre, thank you. this evening, the 23-year-old man accused of traveling to syria to train with a terror group was in court. he pled not guilty today. he reportedly learned hand-to-hand combat. training with powerful weapons. hoping to allegedly target u.s. soldiers at a texas military base. around the world to iraq, tonight isis claiming responsibility for a massive car bomb. three people killed. at least five injured, including one american. and also from iraq this evening, reports that a member of saddam hussein's inner circle a top lieutenant, reportedly killed. he once had a $10 million bounty on his head, and was the king of clubs in the infamous deck used to help troops identify key members of hussein's team.
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and a stunning moment on a southwest flight. a bizarre instant of air rage, you can see this on his sleeve, a woman reportedly annoyed by his loud snoring. attacking him with a pen. and she's not the only one losing her temper. david kerley tonight. >> reporter: this pen turned into a weapon, on a man who was snoring. >> imagine being asleep and then being stung by bees, and waking up and going, ow! >> reporter: police board. the evidence, blue ink on his shirt, from the pokes or stabs from the woman sitting next to him. this all happened before take-off from chicago. >> she was smirking and she said zero. >> reporter: she was escorted off. personal space invasion that can get nasty. remember this woman, sleeping on a man's lap? or the woman who last year threw a soda in a man's face because he used a pair of those knee defenders to keep her seat from reclining?
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if you talk to flight attendants, air rage is on the rise. partly because of packed planes and the incredible shrinking seat. narrower, and from 34 inches of leg room a couple of decades ago, cut to 32, 30 -- even 28 inches in some low fare operators. >> we're headed to more trouble unless we take this seriously. and take a look at what's happening in the aircraft cabin environment today. >> reporter: the woman with the pen was not charged. she was put on a later flight to new hampshire. david? >> david, thank you. and we turn to a different kind of travel nightmare tonight, this time out of washington state. look at this. 14 million bees unleashed outside of seattle. the truck overturned, bee keepers rushing to the scene, spraying a sort of foam that helps calm them down. and the stunning moment caught on tape. the reporter from espn suspended after a tirade, insulting an employee from a tow truck company.
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a surveillance tape capturing her angry words. david wright on the punishment tonight. >> that's all you care about. >> reporter: if you're ever tempted to lose your cool -- >> do you feel good about your job? >> reporter: keep britt mchenry in mind. >> because i'm in television. and you're in a [ bleep ]. lose some weight. >> reporter: she was on television, on espn, until today. today, espn suspended her for a week after her rant against the attendant at this virginia tow lot went viral. evidently, her car had been towed. to be fair, the video has been edited, we only hear her side. >> maybe if i was missing some teeth -- >> reporter: the woman on the receiving end, a single mother of three, working a difficult job to support her family. the espn reporter has now apologized, tweeting that she
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allowed her emotions to get the best of her. and vowing never to do this again. david wright, abc news, new york. to boston tonight, some powerful words about whether dzokhar tsarnaev should get the death penalty. the family of martin richard now speaking out. this week, they marked the two-year anniversary of the blast. the sister there in the cowboy boots, with a prosthetic leg. tonight, the family writing in the "boston globe" that they want dzokhar tsarnaev's life to be spared. urging the d.j. department of justice to take the death penalty off the table. arguing that it would bring years of appeals, reliving the most painful moments of their lives. the penalty phase begins on tuesday. and we turn to a sudden explosion in a classroom. the teacher caught on fire, the students terrified. was enough done to keep the students safe? here tonight, abc's paula faris. >> reporter: a frightening moment in this arizona classroom. after a routine science
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experiment exploded. it was a common experiment the teacher had done many times before. a match hovering over a five-gallon jug containing ethanol. it's supposed to look like this. but school officials said the container unexpectedly fractured. causing flames and pieces of plastic to hit the teacher. burning her and causing one student minor injuries. >> okay, ready? >> reporter: this is not an isolated incident. 13 were injured in reno, after an explosion due to employee error. as for the arizona teacher, she's been released from the hospital. the school now reviewing its protocol on classroom safety. tonight, the national science teachers' association tells abc news that this situation could
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>> reporter: first anointed by oprah, now watched by millions on his own show. under fire tonight, criticized by a small group of doctors demanding that columbia university remove him. where he serves as vice chairman of the university's department of surgery. the well-respected surgeon criticized by the doctors for providing quack treatments and cures. the criticisms coming as a result of his advice and product endorsements. something he's defended before on capitol hill when he came under fire for his endorsement of weight loss products. >> i can't figure this out, dr. oz. i don't get why you need to say this stuff. you know it's not true. >> i would give my audience the advice i give my family all the time. >> reporter: in their e-mail, the ten physicians criticize his reports on arsenic in apple juice and mistrust of genetically engineered foods. some of the doctors are public defenders of gmos.
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and dr. oz saying we provide multiple points of view. including mine. which is offered without conflict of interest. that doesn't sit well with certain agendas that distort the facts. columbia university responded to the doctors, expressing support for their employee's freedom of speech. translation, he likely won't be losing his position anytime soon. >> linsey, thanks. and when we come back, the major sports star, and his big apology. and the big changes coming at the kentucky derby. and the gorilla, charging on the children on the other side of the glass. i really don't know what to expect until i go out there and play.
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and the case worker helping him straighten his tie, holding his bible. walking up to the pulpit, about to move a church to tears, asking for a family. i'll take anyone. old, young, dad, mom, black, white, purple. i don't care. and the hugs from so many for davion. >> i know god hasn't given up, and i haven't either. i want people to love me no matter what happened. >> reporter: it was a year ago he showed our steve osunsami his room in a group home. his combination lock guarding his belongings. the response overwhelming. tens of thousands of calls to adoption agencies. families inquiring about him and so many other children. what many called the davion effect. >> i just want to let the people know, it's hard to be a foster kid. sometimes you just don't know how hard it is and how much we try to do good. >> even though so many reached out, davion was still looking.
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but tonight, right here, the new photo to share. that's davion, now 17, with his soon to be family. a sister, brother, two dogs, in his room, on his bed. and that's his new mom. her face may look familiar. connie going. the same caseworker that helped him straighten his tie for church. telling us, the adoption process is almost done. the papers signed next week. >> he's a gentle spirit, but hasn't given up hope. i think he's changing the world. >> and so we choose davion and his new family. i'm david muir. thank you for watching this week. we'll see you right back here on monday. good night. breaking news a gas line explodes in fres know. a dozen people under the hospital a warning for people thinking about heading to golden
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gate park on monday. >> getting ready to hit the hard wood and roracle arena. >> we begin with a neighborhood on fire. in san pedro a tree fire spread quickly through homes. >> you can see the roof of one home building. >> wind has been whipping up flames with gusts up to 22 miles per hour this, is a live look now. you can see crews are getting the upper hand on this fire. >> good evening want to bring you latest on our breaking news story we've been following since abc7 news at 4:00. >> a fireball in fresno. a dozen people injured
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a county worker hit a gas line on a police gun range, sending flames witnesses say up to 200 feet in the air. officials are trying to figure out how it happened. >> the highway was closed in both directions for a while and has now reopened. images and video show the extent of the blaze. officials say 14 people were injured. >> the sheriff's department says 13 people were jail inmates on site doing work. officials described the scary moments. >> very chaotic. >> the fire department hosted